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  • Creating a Safe Seoul Metropolitan Subway

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  • Creating a Safe Seoul Metropolitan Subway

    The Seoul Metropolitan Government (SMG) will shift away from “Punctuality”, which had been the paradigm of Seoul Metropolitan Subway for the past 40 years since its opening, and introduce “Safety” as the new standard.

    To support the new subway operation paradigm, “Safety”, the SMG announced “Seoul Metropolitan Subway Safety Reinforcement Plan” on March 8, 2017 (Wed). It proposes to strengthen the safety of subway facilities, staff, and systems, and to establish ICT-based smart safety management systems such as IoT.

    First of all, the SMG will invest KRW 837 billion in replacing 610 outdated railcars (460 railcars for Line 2, 150 railcars for Line 3) which have been used for 21 years or longer by 2022. New railcars will be applied with the ATO (Automatic Train Operation) System that precludes railcars from moving when platform screen doors are open.

    The SMG will invest a total of KRW 2.2 trillion in improving 21 aspects of outdated facilities in seven categories including 40-year-old or older railroads and railway signaling facilities on Lines 1, 2, 3, and 4 by 2030, and remodel 120 outdated subway stations. Based on the results of a total inspection on elevators with increasing failure rates, the SMG will reinforce the safety management structure by determining the new replacement cycle for major parts and reducing the precise safety interval from 20 years to 15 years.

    In addition, the SMG will establish the “Smart Control System” by 2023 so that the system can respond to emergency situations more rapidly and efficiently as a safety control tower. It will integrate the different control systems of operation agencies and subway lines spatially and functionally, for swifter and more efficient response to emergencies.

    The SMG will also increase the number of safety management officers. In the event of a railcar failure, it will broadcast a passenger announcement before reporting it to the control tower. It will apply the uninterruptible broadcasting system to 2,942 railcars by 2020 and establish a “Citizens Safety Manual” containing evacuation procedures during the emergencies. The “Citizens Safety Manual” will be produced as a participation-based open manual containing pictograms and video clips and distributed via the website and SNS.

    The SMG will introduce the real-time onsite safety management monitoring system to guarantee safety at subway construction sites. More safety management staff including safety supervisors will be deployed and construction companies not complying with the safety management regulations will be excluded from future bids for construction work.

    The SMG will introduce the real-time onsite safety management monitoring system to guarantee safety at subway construction sites. More safety management staff including safety supervisors will be deployed and construction companies not complying with the safety management regulations will be excluded from future bids for construction work.

    The SMG will consider the readjustment of the subway schedule at night in order to secure time for railcar repair and maintenance. Although the Seoul Metropolitan Subway extended the subway operation hours on weekdays by one hour in order to accommodate late outings and vitalize the use of public transportation in December 2002, the number of passengers after midnight is quite low. As a result, the Seoul Metropolitan Subway has been suffering from an annual loss of KRW 6.1 billion. The SMG decided to adjust the subway schedule at night in order to secure time for facility maintenance and repairs.

    The SMG will consider the readjustment of the subway schedule at night in order to secure time for railcar repair and maintenance. Although the Seoul Metropolitan Subway extended the subway operation hours on weekdays by one hour in order to accommodate late outings and vitalize the use of public transportation in December 2002, the number of passengers after midnight is quite low. As a result, the Seoul Metropolitan Subway has been suffering from an annual loss of KRW 6.1 billion. The SMG decided to adjust the subway schedule at night in order to secure time for facility maintenance and repairs.

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